Aarushi case: In jail, Rajesh Talwar works in hospital, Nupur teaches children

Aarushi case: In jail, Rajesh Talwar works in hospital, Nupur teaches children
Ghaziabad: Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, sentenced to a life term for the 2008 murder of their daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemrah, have started working in jail and will earn Rs 40 a day, say officials at Ghaziabad's Dasna jail. The couple will challenge their conviction in the sensational trial that some say left many questions unanswered.

Here are the 10 big developments in the story:

  1. An official at Ghaziabad's Dasna jail said Rajesh Talwar will work at the jail hospital and Nupur will teach women and children in the prison.

  2. The dentist couple had read novels through the night despite being advised to sleep by the doctors. "We are trying to give them psychological therapy," said jail superintendent Vireshraj Sharma.

  3. The Talwars' lawyer has said the couple will appeal against the verdict at the Allahabad High Court and will 'fight till their last drop of blood.'

  4. The CBI had sought the death penalty for the dentist couple, classifying this case as the "rarest of rare." But the court rejected the maximum penalty, saying they were not a threat to society.

  5. The Talwars' only child, 13-year-old Aarushi, was found with her throat slit in her bedroom at the family apartment in Noida on May 16, 2008. The help Hemraj was declared the suspect until his corpse was found on the rooftop next morning.

  6. Convicting the parents, Judge Shyam Lal accepted the CBI's theory that the Talwars killed Hemraj and Aarushi with a golf club after finding them in "an objectionable position" at their apartment in 2008.

  7. The judge said the Talwars were "freaks in the history of mankind where the father and mother became the killer of their own progeny."

  8. Rajesh Talwar was arrested seven days after the murder and spent two months in jail before being granted bail when the CBI said it had no evidence against him. Later, his wife Nupur was jailed for five months for ignoring orders to appear in court.

  9. There is no forensic or material evidence against the Talwars. The judge accepted CBI's argument based on the "last-seen theory" -- which holds that the victims were last seen with the Talwars on the night that the murders were committed.

  10. The Talwars had in 2010 challenged the CBI's request to end the investigation over lack of clear evidence; the judge then ruled the case would continue and the couple found themselves on trial for murder.